Banihall: ““I participated in Rahul Gandhi’s India Unity Yatra not for personal gain, but to change the prevailing situation in the country,” said Omar Abdullah, president of the National Conference Party and former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir.
Congress chief Rahul Gandhi’s India Unity Yatra is currently underway in Jammu and Kashmir, its final leg. After a short break, the pilgrimage resumed on Friday morning from Banihal, Jammu and Kashmir. It was attended by National Conference Party leader and former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Omar Abdullah, who walked with Rahul Gandhi. Both wore t-shirts during the pilgrimage.
Omar Abdullah said about his participation in the pilgrimage: “I participated in the pilgrimage with the desire to change the current situation in the country. The India Unity Yatra was not conducted to boost the prestige and image of Rahul Gandhi. Rather, it is conducted to change the current situation of the country.
Both of us are united in this for the good of the country and not for our personal interest. The current government maintains friendly relations with Arab countries. But the government does not have a single representative of the country’s largest minority community.
This is the first time since the independence of the country that there is not a single member of parliament from the Muslim community in both houses of the ruling parties namely Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha. From this we can understand their atomization.
Now the Congress does not want to explore its stand on abrogation of Article 370 which grants special status to Jammu and Kashmir. We are actively fighting in court to bring back Article 370. The government is delaying the investigation of this case. This indicates the strength of the case.
In Jammu and Kashmir, the last election was held in 2014. This is the first time that there is a long gap between two elections. This did not happen even when war tensions were at their peak. This government wants people to beg for elections. We are not worshippers. We are not going to beg,” said Omar Abdullah.